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Laura Wright - General Hospital Actress

Wife, Mother, Actress and Wine Taster

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Laura Wright - General Hospital Actress

Laura Wright

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Overview:

Sexy, strong and feisty, Laura Wright, who plays Carly Benson Quartermaine Corinthos Alcazar Corinthos Jacks, grew up in Clinton, Maryland, where she was born Laura Sisk on September 11, 1970. Wright began acting and in local commercials and modeling while in high school, and she appeared in school productions. There was another thespian in Surratsville High School besides Laura Wright in Clinton, Maryland as well -- Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden.

Laura Wright:

Wright was a huge soap opera fan and soap opera magazine reader before entering the world of soaps herself.  Her first major role was as Ally Rescott Bowman in the soap opera Loving in 1991, and later, the same role in a spinoff soap, The City. While on Loving, She shared an apartment with actress Kelly Ripa, who later was a bridesmaid at Wright's wedding. 

After her stint as Ally, Wright went on to the role for which fans remember her best, ex-stripper Cassie Layne on Guiding Light, a part she played for eight years. The role of Cassie brought her many accolades, including a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best New Character. In 2005, Wright brought Cassie's streetwise attitude over to General Hospital for the role of Carly. She is the fourth actress to play the part, succeeding Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and Jennifer Bransford.

When Wright was hired, it meant that her family was uprooted to the west coast.  Brian Frons, then with ABC, said in statement: ABC Daytime executive Brian Frons stated in a statement, "We are excited to bring Laura's talent, beauty and intelligence to this role. [...] " and promised that there would be "high drama" between Sonny, Carly, and Alcazar.  Wright herself commented, "This was not an easy decision."

IIn 2009, she signed a contract with General Hospital for an additional four years.  In July 2013, she told fans at the General Hospital Fan Club weekend that she had signed another four-year contract, which would take her, all things being equal, to 2017. 

Her tremendous popularity is testament to the warmth and humor she brings to the role.

Personal Life

Wright has been married to John Wright since 1995. They have two children, Lauren and John Michael. The family lives in Santa Ynez, California. Her husband was originally a preservation architect who ran his company on the east coast; when the family moved to the west coast, he ran his company part-time.  For the past three years, he has become a full time winemaker.  Standing Sun Wines is made in Buellton, California. 

The company focuses on Rhone variety wines from Santa Ynez Valley vineyards.   The actress is the "chief taster," and often brings the wine to her events for the fans to try.

Wright is known for her excellent memory and the fact that she hates to fly.  She often attends fan events showing off her thick, curly blond hair, which she wears straight on GH.

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